Dec 172014

2015 Open Water Competitions:

Date Distances Location Info Link Reg Link
5-16-15 500 & 1-mile Spring Lake Santa Rosa Pac Masters Club Assistant
6-6-15 500 1-mile & 2-mile Lake Berryessa Pac Masters Club Assistant
6-13/14-15 all kinds! Lake Del Valle Pac Masters Club Assistant


2015 Swim Meet Competitions:

Date Meet Location Info Link Reg Link
3-29-15 CAL Aquatic Masters Meet UC Berkeley Club Assistant
4-10/12-15 Pac Masters SCY Champs Moraga reg closes April 1 Club Assistant
4-23/26-15 USMS SCY Nationals San Antonio TX reg closes March 23rd US Masters
5-17-15 Bay Area Senior Games Stanford reg closes May 8th Register online here
Oct 132014

2014 Upcoming swim meets:

  • Senior Games held Sunday, November 16th in SF at the Martin Luther King Pool (indoor). Open to those 50 and over. This meet is needed if you want to attend the 2015 National Senior Games in Minneapolis and have not yet done one of the Senior Games qualifying meets. Even if you don’t plan to go to next year’s Nat’l Senior Games, this is a great low key meet to give competition a try. Strong likelihood that you’ll walk away with a medal or two! For information on this qualifying meet, see the Encore Games website here. To register online go here. I believe registration closes on or around Nov 3rd. This is a small meet, and we recommend not swimming back-to-back events! Order of events is:
    • 50 Back
    • 50 Breast
    • 200 Free
    • 100 Breast
    • 100 Fly
    • 200 IM
    • 200 Back
    • 100 Free
    • 100 Back
    • 50 Fly
    • 50 Free
    • 500 Free
    • 100 IM
    • 200 Breast
  • Southern Pacific Masters Short Course Meters Champs, December 5-7. Meet info and registration here. Coach Cokie will not be able to attend as she will be in Cuba with her husband and Susie & James Powell!
Sep 042014

Two top notch Pacific Masters stroke clinics are coming up soon!

On Saturday, September 27th there is a terrific backstroke-freestyle clinic in Davis led by Davis Aquatic Masters Coaches Stu & Mary Kahn. Not only are they outstanding coaches, they run great clinics. You will get the most current look at changes in the stroke and learn how to maximize your propulsion and minimize resistance. Here is the flyer for the clinic.

2014 Clinic Flyer Davis Free Back

On Sunday, October 19th, I’ll be leading a breaststroke clinic in San Mateo with Coach Tom Reudy of San Mateo Masters. He is an amazing breaststroker and also an excellent coach. In that clinic we’ll have one hour of classroom and two hours of pool time working all aspects of breaststroke including pull downs. Here is the flyer for this clinic.

2014 Clinic Flyer San Mateo Breast 101914

Aug 152014

i-coach-219192617_std1Ever thought about coaching? Want to learn more about what it takes to be a Masters coach? We are blessed to have local opportunities for just such training this fall/winter 2014.

First up we have the USMS Level 1 & 2 Coaches Certification training. That will be held at Rolling Hills Club in Novato on Saturday, October 4th from 9-5pm (show up at 8:30 for check in). The following day the instructors and coaches in the class will host a 3-hour stroke clinic for swimmers (covering all 4 strokes). That will be held at Rolling Hills Club as well and runs from 9am-noon (again, show up at 8:30 for check-in).

Then, on Saturday, December 5th, USMS is returning to Novato (again at Rolling Hills Club) to bring us USMS Level 3 Coaches Certification training.

If you think there is a chance in the future you might want to coach a Masters team, then seize this opportunity to catch this training close to home!

Cokie will be teaching the Level 1 & 2 class in October, and normally teaches the Level 3 course but will be in Cuba in December.

  • For further information on the Level 1 & 2 Coaching class October 4th, click here.
  • For signing up for the Stroke Clinic October 4th, click here. Cost is $40.
  • For further information on the Level 3 Coaching class December 5th, click here.
  • For more information about USMS Coaching Certification in general, go here.
Aug 152014

Attention swimmers – we are moving our listings of upcoming swim meets and open water events to our Team Unify site (TU site can be accessed from the right sidebar). I will continue posting here through 2014 but beginning in 2015 you will only find listings for upcoming swim meets and open water events on our secondary TeamUnify website under the Events tab. 


Upcoming open water swims:

  • Whiskeytown Lake OW Swim, Sunday, September 7th.  Registration hereReg closes September 4th at 11:59 pm.
  • Keller Cove OW Swim (Richmond), Saturday, September 20th. Registration here.


Aug 112014

SwimClinicU.S. Masters Swimming is presenting a 3-hour stroke clinic at Rolling Hills Club in Novato on Sunday, October 5th. This clinic is open to USMS registered swimmers. Cost is $40 and will cover all 4-strokes. Swimmers are welcome to bring fins, snorkels and paddles (although they are not required). Come have a fun day learning some new things about each stroke. All levels of Masters swimmers are welcome!

Jan 132014

The first clinic of the year for Pacific Masters Swimming takes place in Albany on Saturday, February 15, 2014. At $25, this is such a bargain for a quality clinic. Come join me that day as I lead this clinic with Coach Stu Kahn (Davis Aquatic Masters). You’ll love it and you’ll really tune up your freestyle and backstroke! The flyer below has all the information. If you plan on attending let me know. You will need to register through Coach Carol Nip to attend the clinic.


Albany Masters Swim Clinic

Jan 122014

Ok, you could just do these scuba drills, or you could join us a meet. Come on, you can do it!

I am so excited! The Short Course Yards Season is here! What’s that mean? It means the meets running from January through May are races held in 25 yard pools, the same that we practice in. And this year, we are blessed to have the Short Course Yards Nationals “in our own backyard” as they will be held in Santa Clara. I’m hoping to rally you Swymnuts to join me in some of these upcoming meets. It isn’t quite the same when you aren’t there!

The best place to find meet information is on the Pacific Masters website here. To get the meet information you see below, you can click on the Pac Masters link or on the highlighted link in each listing below. What you see below is just the short course yards meets from now through the Nationals. I will be at most, if not all of these meets.

January Meets

  • 25th, Saturday. Olympic Club (indoor) hosts a 1-event meet which consists of a 1500m free (short course meters pool)
  • 26th, Sunday. Fog City Meet at St. Ignatius High (indoor), a 4-event meet which consists of 500, 100, 200 and 50 free. Note, you can swim any event in freestyle events. For example, I plan to swim the 50 breast, 100 back and 200 IM.

February Meets

  • 9th, Sunday. USF Valentine’s Meet (indoor) consisting of 50s, 100s and a 200 Mixed Medley Relay! Held at USF’s Koret Hall.  A great meet.
  • 22nd, Saturday. Salinas Valley Meet (indoor) consisting of a mix of 50s, 100s and some 200s. In Salinas.
  • 23rd, Sunday. The City Mile (indoor) consisting of one event, the 1650 free. Held at the City College of San Francisco.

March Meets

  • 9th, Sunday. Cal Meet (UC Berkeley, outdoor), 50s, 100s, 200 Free, 200 IM & 500 Free along with two relays: 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay. This would be a great tune up for Nationals!
  • 15th, Saturday. Rinconada Meet (Palo Alto, outdoor), a mix of 50s, 100s, 200s, a 400 IM and the only 1650 fly event in our region (nuts, pure nuts).
  • 15th & 16th, Sat & Sun, Clovis Meet “Swim For Change” a charity swim meet. Saturday’s event is a 1-hour swim (individual or combine in a relay) and Sunday’s events are more traditional competitive swim meet events.
  • 28th-30th, Fri-Sun, Pacific Masters Short Course Champs in Moraga (outdoor). Meet information not yet out. This meet consists of every event available at a short course yards meet: 50s, 100s and 200s in each stroke, the 100, 200 and 400 IM, the 500, 1000 and 1650 free, and all kinds of relays. You don’t have to come every day, but we’d love to have you come one day, even if just to help us out on relays!

April Meets

  • 5th, Saturday. Hawk Relays, Pleasanton. I think this is a first time meet consisting of relays only. Let’s do this! Meet information not yet out.

May Meets

  • 1-4, Thursday-Sunday, USMS Short Course Yards National Championships in Santa Clara (outdoor). A big meet with probably 1700-2100 swimmers. Lots and lots of fun no matter what level of swimmer you are. All swimmers may enter up to 3 events with or without making the qualifying times. If you can make qualifying times, you can enter up to 6 events total (and at least 3 would have to have qualifying times). For a list of qualifying times, click here. For the order of events over this 4-day meet, click here. For hotel information, click here.

Come on out and join us at these meets. You will have lots of laughs and a ton of fun with your teammates, guaranteed!


Mar 252013

Flyer Urban EscapeCome join me at Indian Valley College in Novato on Sunday, April 7th for a Freestyle / Open Water Clinic. The first hour will be dedicated to tuning up your freestyle stroke with some innovative drills. The second hour will be on open water skills such as drafting; pack swimming; breathing; rounding buoys; swimming straight, swimming in choppy water, etc. The clinic runs from 12:30-2:30. Cost is $25 for members of Urban Escape Fitness and $35 to non members. We have the entire 50m pool available to us and it is going to be fun!

Click the image to download the clinic flyer which has all the information you’ll need about the clinic and how to register. Hope you can join me!

Mar 232013

Available early April, cost $10 !

Congratulations to Swymnut Jane Mothersill for a great performance today. It was her first swim as a Swymnut Master! Jane swam with me in the USF March Madness Meet at Koret Hall in San Francisco. She swam four events in a row and looked very good (100 free 1:17.24, 6th; 50 fly 40.28, 3rd;, 100 breast 1:34.72, 2nd; and in 50 back 42.97, 1st!!). She had some very good times and her backstroke is beautiful!

I was happy with my five swims too (all done in a 3-hour swim meet format). Muffed one turn on my first event, the 100 Free, but the rest of the meet went very well for me. I even achieved a lifetime best in 100 backstroke after a dream start (a pretty rare occurrence for me).

It was wonderful to be competing again and back with friends. A big shout out to Erica Sutherland (UNAT), Kate Thorp (Marin Pirate),  Margaret de Somma (North Bay Aquatics) and Loleta Velosa (San Diego) who were strong and beautiful in the water. Another shout out to Alan Bernard (TAM) looking especially great in his 100 free and 100 fly and to some pretty speedy Mud Shark friends as well.

Also had the opportunity to connect up with coaches and swimmers that have been in some of our recent Pac Masters swim clinics and hearing about – and seeing – their progress today. Way to go to all the swimmers and their coaches!

Here is the link to the USF Meet results:

Next up is the Pac Masters Short Course Yards Champs April 5-6-7. Entries are due by Weds, March 27th at 11:59 p.m. Registration information here: I’ll be there Saturday swimming 5 events and possibly Friday for the 1650 free (schedule allowing). Can’t make it Sunday!